Firstly do not let ANY travel site let you believe these are a 3 star apartment complex. 1 star maybe & an eternal optimist may give 2 but anything higher and I'd prescribe the reviewer medication!
Prior to our visit I looked at 'street view' on the internet so I had an idea of what landmarks to look for. Our transfer coach dropped us off close to where I recognised and then, following assistance from a very nice lady in a neighbouring hotel, found the keys at an office around the corner. Our first concern was the €150 breakage deposit you needed to pay prior to entry. On doing so we were given apartment 144 (number provided in case you have the misfortune of getting it too).
On entry there's nothing untoward, it is a part residential and part holiday block. Reasonably clean entrance hallway with lift & stairs but that's where the pleasantries stop.
The apartment was best described as functional but unclean. You walked into a small vestibule with a door leading into a living/dining area and a door into the kitchen. All tiled flooring as you expect from the Spanish.....which is not an issue if it's clean. The small kitchen had a VERY dated feel about it with broken work surfaces, sellotape holding together unit panels, missing tiles and a poor selection of cutlery/crockery. Fridge freezer was fine, reasonably clean double sink and cooker fed by a gas bottle (which wasn't secured in any way). No toaster, kettle, microwave or even matches to light the oven (which had 2 of it's three control knobs) details omitted by most travel agents!
The main room is sparse with a sofa bed, wooden table with four wooden chairs, long sideboard , patio doors to balcony & entrance to bedroom/bathroom. The room was best described as dated & shabby. No TV but with all Salou offers our five year old didn't need it for once.
One bit of good news was the bedding and ample towels were there and freshly cleaned. Not stunning quality but at least clean. There is a launderette on site should you need it.
The bedroom had a double built in robe with plenty of space, two single beds (not matching so there is a height difference with a thin mattress and then lats which have had running repairs) and roller blinds to the patio door leading to the balcony also.
The bathroom was a good size but not clean. We spent the first hour of our holiday cleaning it as best we could. The hot water was efficient and the shower worked well. Once I cleared the weeks of hair that had built up in the plug hole the drainage improved too.
As far as cleanliness goes I'd give the Murillo a 2/10 score. The floor was obviously brushed but after 10 minutes of walking on it our feet were filthy.
Room 144 is on the front of the building which is above a busy dual carriageway. The noise goes on most of the night so don't expect a restful sleep. Without air conditioning the heat doesn't add to the comfort either.
The pool is reasonably clean but cold. The surrounding buildings don't allow for a lot of sunlight to warm the area up. There are no loungers so it never seems to get used. We used it once for 30 minutes and then I needed to thaw out. It is in direct view of the back of a bar restaurant so if you have an exhibitionist streak you wont find it voyeuristic.
Don't let this review put you off Salou......it's a great family friendly resort with plenty to offer & Port Aventura is a great place to visit. The beaches are great (I wish selfish tourists wouldn't leave their cigarette ends on the beach for the kids sake but it happens in lots of European resorts but this is a personal non-smoker gripe I have).
So in conclusion a big thumbs up for Salou and a gladiatorial thumbs down for the Murillo!!
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Travelocity, Priceline, Cancelon, TripOnline SA, Hotwire and HotelQuickly so you can book your Apartamentos Murillo Salou reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.